A 21-year-old man who was previously convicted of impaired driving did not dispute charges stemming from a back-driving accident in Pomona which left a 6-year-old boy dead and the boy’s father seriously injured.
Franky Antonio Provencio made a clear plea Thursday of manslaughter, manslaughter while driving a vehicle while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury within 10 years of a further DUI offense, while admitting allegations that it caused serious bodily harm, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County Attorney’s Office.
Provencio was immediately sentenced to 14 years and four months in state prison and waived the credit of two years and five months he had already spent behind bars, raising his total sentence to around 17 years, according to Santiago.
Provencio was driving a 2001 GMC Yukon north on White Avenue near McKinley Avenue when the vehicle passed through oncoming traffic and collided with the southbound pickup truck that Julian George and his father were in on May 7 2019.
The boy died at the scene of a blunt head trauma, according to coroner’s office records.
The boy’s father has been in a coma for two weeks and is “permanently disabled,” Deputy District Attorney Yoobin Kang-Hernandez told a judge at a hearing last December.
The prosecutor then noted that the accused was driving under the influence of methamphetamine.
Provencio was arrested by Pomona police three days after the accident.
The criminal complaint alleged that Provencio had already been convicted in January 2019 for driving under the influence of drugs.
He was initially charged with murder, but that count was dismissed following his plea.